The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA (CME) looks forward to working cooperatively with re-elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his government. CME Chief Executive Paul Everingham said the PM made a number of major election commitments that will benefit the mining and oil and gas sector.
“The Western Australian resources sector is going to need an additional 15,000 specific skilled roles over the next six months. During the election campaign, Mr Morrison committed a new $525 million skills package with 80,000 new apprenticeships, in addition to record education funding,” said Mr Everingham.
“While this might not help in the short-term, it’s reassuring to know that we will have skilled workers coming through the pipeline, who can choose a long-term career in the resources sector.”
The PM also committed to allowing businesses to connect to local, national and international markets with a $100 billion infrastructure plan.
“A large number of our members ship their resources overseas, so it would be nice to see money invested in high-quality infrastructure that will make it easier and more efficient for their products to get to port,” added Mr Everingham.
“The Coalition has set a carbon emissions reduction target of 26-28 per cent by 2030. Our industry is already examining how it can reduce emissions and this policy gives us certainty around the goals and the timeframe.
“And Mr Morrison’s Fair Deal on Energy aims to deliver reliable and affordable energy to lower production costs which is good news for our members when it comes to them being able to better manage their recurrent costs.”